1. (noun) A state of intense infatuation or obsession with another person, characterized by overwhelming feelings of attraction, desire, and preoccupation. It often involves intrusive and obsessive thoughts about the object of affection, as well as a strong desire for reciprocation.


From the moment they met, Emily was in a state of limerence, constantly daydreaming about James and eagerly awaiting any opportunity to spend time with him.


Fun Fact

The term “limerence” was coined in 1979 by psychologist Dorothy Tennov to describe the intense, involuntary, and sometimes obsessive romantic feelings that can occur in the early stages of attraction. Tennov derived the term from the word “Limerent,” which she created by combining the words “limer,” an archaic term for a tangle or snare, and the suffix “-ence,” denoting a state or condition. While limerence is often associated with the euphoric feelings of falling in love, it can also have negative aspects, such as anxiety, insecurity, and a preoccupation that can interfere with daily life. Limerence is not considered a clinical disorder but rather a natural phenomenon that many people experience at some point in their lives, particularly in the context of romantic attraction and relationships.